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July 24, 2008

Rich Internet Applications – Accessibility…

Filed under: Work — thebestbrew @ 10:03 am

Rich apps over web technologies are nothing new. Flash, Silverlight and no doubt other funky application skins can transform the user experience and enable different ways to present and navigate information.

But, there’s a but. We have to remember that the RIA tag also applies, for accessibility, to more common techniques like Javascript and AJAX. The need for accessibility means that ways must be found to enable access to an app to as full an audience as possible.

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative has WAI-ARIA to help guide the adoption and implementation in this area. From the WAI site:

WAI-ARIA addresses these accessibility challenges by defining how information about this functionality can be provided to assistive technology. With WAI-ARIA, an advanced Web application can be made accessible and usable to people with disabilities.”

Check it out…


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